Link Up with SU's Career Resources

Guest Column by Karen Lynn Maher, '00

Written by Karen Lynn Maher, ’00
Photography by Heath Braun
July 7, 2011

One of the priorities of your Alumni Board of Governors this year has been to offer ideas and provide encouragement on how the university can help alumni of all ages get jobs and develop their careers. We recognize that this challenging economic time requires each of us to take charge of our career path. SU is seeking creative and new strategies to support the Redhawk family in this arena. Some ideas we’ve explored are improving the alumni website, offering trainings on how to effectively use social media, connecting alums to career coaches and job-seeking resources, and sponsoring career-focused networking events.

One example of a successful strategy was “Recruit a Redhawk” Career Expo in the spring. The event was an opportunity for employers to connect directly with alumni, recruiting for the full spectrum of their companies’ needs, including part-time jobs and higher-level positions. It was a highly successful event that brought out representatives from dozens of employers, including Boeing, PACCAR, Kraft Foods, Puget Sound Energy and Starbucks, and many students and alumni.

 “We recognize that this challenging economic time requires each of us to take charge of our career path. SU is seeking creative and new strategies to support the Redhawk family in this arena.”

Also last spring, the university sponsored a four-week seminar on job searching/career transitions. Of the 18 participants, 80 percent said the workshop made them feel even more connected to Seattle University. Here’s what a few of them shared about their experience:

"I am blown away and so completely grateful for the opportunity to participate. What a gift! I know that my job search will be successful because of it. Thank you so much." 

"I am really excited to continue re-connecting with Seattle U." 

Seattle University is available for you at any stage of your career journey. We want a lifetime relationship in which we give back to each other, with the university supporting you in times of need. You can give back by returning to campus to mentor students or by opening doors for students and alumni that enable them to find jobs and advance their careers.

For more information on how you can get involved or for career services, contact the Alumni Relations office or Career Services at (206) 296-6080 or e-mail careerservices@seattleu.edu.
 

Karen Lynn Maher is a member of the Alumni Board of Governors.